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How to watch the races at Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Writer

BEAVER CREEK – Spectators, will have three access options in place for the 2004 Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week starting today through Sunday.Shuttle-bus transportationFor those race fans on foot, free buses will depart from the covered bridge bus turnaround in Beaver Creek Village every 10 minutes from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. now through Sunday for the 10-minute ride to the Red Tail Finish Stadium. Skiing, snowboarding accessStarting today, skiers and snowboarders may access the Finish Stadium by riding the Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) from the base of Beaver Creek and skiing down the intermediate Red Tail run, which is located to the right of the upper lift terminal. The run will take spectators directly to the Finish Stadium. Alternatively, skiers and snowboarders can ride the Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12) and take the advanced beginner Beaver Creek Mountain Expressway run to the Finish Stadium. Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy viewing along the racecourse from the Pumphouse Deck accessed from the summit of the mountain or the top of Chair 9. Lifts open at 9 a.m. daily. Departure access from the Finish Stadium for skiers and snowboarders will be via the Birds of Prey Express Lift (No. 9), featuring a short ride back to the main mountain. Skiers and snowboarders must present a valid lift ticket or pass. Tickets must be purchased in Beaver Creek Village.Snowshoeing accessThe Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center, located adjacent to the Strawberry Park Express Lift (No. 12), is offering free Atlas snowshoe demos, beginning at 9 a.m. until they run out, on race days, with access up the Wagon Road Trail.The Wagon Road can be reached by crossing the skier bridge from the Nordic Center and turning right, past the Beaver Creek Club and the Beaver Creek Service Center. Snowshoers will then pick up Lost Buck, following this trail past the water towers to the Wagon Road. Snowshoeing will not be permitted on Dally, which will serve as the bus route. ParkingSpectator parking will be located in the Bear Lot (formerly West Lot) along Highway 6 in Avon. Guests will be directed to additional free parking lots when the Bear Lot reaches capacity. Free bus transportation will be provided from the lots to the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village. From the village, spectators can catch the free shuttles to the finish area or walk to the chairlifts or the Beaver Creek Nordic Center.

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